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Shark attacks diver, 45, on Maui

  • COURTESY WENDY OSHER / MAUINOW.COM
    A Maui man suffered lacerations to his lower back and left thigh in an apparent shark attack off Waiehu this afternoon.
  • COURTESY WENDY OSHER / MAUINEWS.COM
    Officials patrol the Waiehu coastline this afternoon after an apparent shark bite incident on Maui. (Courtesy Wendy Osher Mauinow.com)
  • COURTESY WENDY OSHER / MAUINEWS.COM
    Shane Mills suffered minor injuries after an apparent shark attack off shore of Waiehu in Maui. He flashed a shaka sign after he was treated at the scene. (Courtesy Wendy Osher/Maui News Now)
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A 45-year-old man diving off a Maui beach was attacked by a shark Wednesday afternoon, sustaining non-life-threatening injuries.

Responding firefighters found the man already on shore at Waiehu Beach with several one-inch lacerations to his lower back, Maui Fire Department spokesman Chief Lee Mainaga said.

The man had been swimming about 100 yards off shore when he encountered the shark shortly before 4 p.m.

Medics treated the man at the beach, but he drove himself to the hospital for follow-up treatment, Mainaga said.

Ocean Safety lifeguards cleared the bay and checked the area.

Department of Land and Natural Resources personnel are also investigating.

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